I am not new to renovating our kitchens. Our current kitchen was completely gutted and rebuilt a couple of years ago but one thing we couldn't change was the floorplan. Our house was built in 1915 with a separate dining room to the kitchen, and the kitchen functions purely for cooking and organizing the food to be brought out to the dining room: it's a formal arrangement.
Our previous house also had a new kitchen, one that we built in an addition to the main floor. It was an open-plan concept, with the kitchen at one end, a large island, then the dining table. It was a challenge for the stage of life we were in: with all of our children at home that kitchen was absolutely always in a mess, there were constant little meals and snacks being made as well as the three squares! This is why I was keen to have a separate kitchen in our current house: I wanted to have dinner with the family without seeing the detritus of the cooking area.
This has worked well for us but in our next stage would it be possible to live happily with the big unfitted kitchen of my dreams?
The Small Stone House has a large middle room that currently operates as the office area for my husband's assistant, complete with large banks of filing cabinets and various office machines. To be honest it's difficult to look past these things and imagine a cozy, pretty kitchen with a big table! But that's what I see every single time I walk into that room. My next kitchen design post will focus on the arrangement of a big unfitted kitchen with a table in the middle, and all of the challenges to design that space. After all, one can't just throw in a bunch of furniture higgledy-piggledy, there needs to be plumbing for the sink, a gas line for the range, some kind of refrigeration and storage for food and dishes.
For now let's look at some inspirational pictures of big kitchens with unfitted cabinetry and large tables. All of these images can be sourced through my Small Stone House pinterest page.
|I do like a butcher block counter.|
|Lovely big table and how about those curtains.|
|I love a skirted anything, and to have the sink cabinet skirted is one my favourite details.|
|Giant butcher block cabinet!|
|A few hanging copper pots always look cozy.|
|More skirted cabinets.|
|I like the colourful range.|
|The colour of this kitchen is so pretty.|
|Ben Pentreath's kitchen: the classic inspiration!|
My friend Kim wrote about it in her recent kitchen post.
I have a dining table that seats 10 people with a linen aqua print fabric on the chair seats. It's my ideal table and will be the centre of the design. I'd like to pair the aqua with a perfect shade of coral, such a pretty colour combination, so cheering and festive.
This is an inspiration for the colour scheme: